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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

President Muhammadu Buhari will today receive the report of the committee investigating allegations against the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayo Oke.
This is according to a statement by President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina.
The suspended SGF is being investigated over allegations of violations of the law and due process in the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE).
On his part, the suspended NIA Director-General is facing investigation following the discovery on April 12 of large amounts of foreign and local currencies by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a residential apartment in the Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos.
After the discovery, the NIA claimed the funds, sparking calls for an investigation into why the funds were kept in a private apartment.
Eight days after the discovery, President Buhari suspended the NIA DG and the SGF who had faced controversy for months with the Senate calling for his removal.
The EFCC said in May the apartment in which the cash was recovered belonged to the suspended NIA DG’s wife.
In suspending both officials, President Buhari set up a three-man committee comprising the Attorney of Federation and Minister of Justice, National Security Adviser and headed by the Vice President to investigate allegations against them.
The committee was given 14 days to conclude its investigation.
It, however, did not submit the report due to the President’s absence from the country on a medical vacation.
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